Three Tornados post double-figures in 86-74 loss to No.5 LMUFebruary 1, 2017
BREVARD, N.C.- The Brevard College women’s basketball team (5-14, 1-14 SAC) shot a season-high 46.2 percent from the field in an 86-74 loss to the No. 5 team in the nation, Lincoln Memorial (20-0, 15-0 SAC), in Wednesday night’s conference showdown.
Brevard was short-staffed, playing five players the entire forty minutes of the contest. This did not slow down the Tornados, who finished the night with a season-high field goal percentage of 46.2 percent and a 40.7 shooting percentage from behind the arc. Brevard finished 15-16 from the free-throw line for a 93.8 percent for the night.
Three Tornados reached double figures. Senior Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) led the way with her ninth double-double of the season, scoring 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Raleigh native also finished with a season-high seven blocked shots to tie Amanda Whitaker for second place in Brevard’s NCAA era record books. Lynsey Crisp (Robbinsville, N.C.) had another solid night for the blue and white, posting 18 points. Sophomore AnnaLee Bollinger (Hickory, N.C.) netted 16 points and recorded five assists. Freshman Cienna Bryant (Roanoke, Va.) finished with nine points, courtesy of three 3-point shots.
The Railsplitters were led by Megan Pittman, who finished with a double-double, scoring 30 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, including eight offensive rebounds. Karsen Sims added 13 points to LMU’s total, and Sydney Duggins scored 11.
The Tornados scored 23 points in the first quarter of play, to end the period trailing Lincoln Memorial 25-23.
The Railsplitters got off to a fast start as Shea Coker scored five quick points. Bollinger hit a three at the 8:07 mark to put Brevard on the board.
Brevard took the lead at the 4:11 mark as Crisp and D’Naya Wilson (Hampton, Ga.) hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the Tornados a 14-13 advantage. Lincoln Memorial went ahead by seven points in the final minute, before Bollinger scored six quick points to close out the first quarter of play.
Lenox gave the Tornados a lead to start the second quarter connecting from behind the arc off an assist by Wilson.
Lincoln Memorial extended its lead to nine at the 5:47 mark, before Madison Lenox would score eight straight points for Brevard to cut the lead to 39-38, hitting two foul shots and back-to-back three-point shots. The Railsplitters went into halftime with a 51-44 advantage.
LMU came out hot in the third quarter, extending its lead to 17 with 2:40 left in the quarter. Crisp hit two free-throws and Bryant scored from the perimeter to chip away at the lead. Bollinger scored a layup for the final points of the quarter to put Brevard within ten points, entering the final quarter of play.
Crisp hit a jumper to cut the lead to single-digits with 8:49 remaining in the game. LMU would increase its lead to 86-70 at the 2:09 mark before Crisp and Bollinger went 4-4 from the foul line to end the game 86-74.
Brevard will be on the road this weekend as they travel to Queens University for a conference showdown on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m.